WHY IT RATES: Many stops on these Caribbean itineraries include up to 12 hours of extended stays, allowing cruise passengers to make the most of their vacation. —Codie Liermann, editor-in-chief
MSC Cruises has reconfirmed its sailing program for winter 2021/22 in the Southern Caribbean where MSC Seaview will be based during the season for seven and 14 night cruises departing from Saint Martin and Barbados starting on the 5th December.
Authorities in Martinique and Guadeloupe have decided that cruise ships are not yet allowed to bring guests to the islands due to the pandemic situation on land as well as low vaccination rates. As such, MSC Cruises carried out a full assessment of the alternative options and modified the original itinerary to include Philipsburg, St Maarten as the port of embarkation along with Bridgetown, Barbados so that it could still run the schedule of winter in this region in a safe and healthy way. .
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The updated itinerary reflects the ports that have guaranteed access to the ship and her guests from December and allows a full day at each destination, in some cases up to 12 hours, allowing guests to truly enjoy their time to explore the entire islands.
MSC Seaview will offer two different seven-night itineraries from its two ports of embarkation, with many vacationers ready to take back-to-back cruises and enjoy a voyage of discovery in the magical and tranquil turquoise waters of the South Sea. of the Caribbean.
The first route will depart from the port of Philipsburg, the capital of St. Martin, and Bridgetown, Barbados; with stops in Castries in Saint Lucia; Saint George, Grenada; Basseterre, St Kitts and Nevis, before returning to St Maarten.
The second route will depart from St Maarten and Bridgetown; with stops in Roseau, Dominica; St John’s in Antigua and Barbuda; Road Town to Tortola then back to St Maarten.
Gianni Onorato, CEO of MSC Cruises, said: “The Southern Caribbean is a popular region for cruise lines around the world as well as local guests from this region and we have worked hard to find alternative options for the itinerary that we would confirm our usual winter season here, of course supported by our industry-leading health and safety protocol. We would particularly like to thank our airline partners who have changed their charter flight schedules to serve the new route in order to make it accessible to our customers. For that, we are still able to offer our customers an incredible cruise vacation this winter, calling some of the most beautiful islands in the Southern Caribbean aboard the MSC Seaview – the perfect vessel to navigate these waters.
All MSC Seaview passengers must be fully vaccinated or show proof of a negative PCR test performed 72 hours before boarding.
Additionally, at most ports, passengers will be able to disembark independently, while for some specific destinations, passengers will be required to disembark with an MSC Cruises Protected Shore Excursion. More specific details will soon be available on the MSC Cruises website, travel agents and the line’s contact center.
The MSC Seaview with 2,066 guest cabins has one of the highest open space per passenger rates in the cruise industry and features a beachfront condo concept that brings guests closer to the sea through elements of special designs that make the most of the warmer weather. To learn more about the ship, please see here.
THE SOURCE: MSC Cruises press release.